Hawk Watch Weekend Festival

Ted Gilman
Red-tail Hawk

17th Annual Hawk Watch Weekend Festival

October 3 & 4, 2015
11 am - 5 pm ~ Rain or Shine

Enjoy this exciting two-day nature festival at Audubon's sanctuary in northern Greenwich - a celebration of the annual hawk migration passing overhead at Audubon Greenwich's "Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch". Enjoy live animal shows, nature-themed games, environmental exhibits, and visit and learn from a wide variety of eco-friendly vendors exhibiting on-site.

SCHEDULED EVENTS:

  • Live "Birds of Prey" featuring Talons: A Bird of Prey Experience on Saturday & Sunday!
  • 'Rehabilitated Raptor' Release by "Wildlife In Crisis
  • Plus scheduled events including:
    • Hawk ID Classes
    • Indian Spring Pond Safaris
    • Owl Pellet Dissections
    • ...and other fun for adults and families!

ON-GOING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY: 

Talons - a bird of prey experience 1
The live bird shows are the highlight of this two-day festival! Be sure your make it for the 1:00 or 3:00 pm shows!

~ Enjoy kid-friendly, nature-themed games, crafts and outdoor activities!

~ Meet live animals from the New Canaan Nature Center!

~ Use Audubon's "Festival Passport" to tour the grounds and win prizes!

~ Shop 'green' from 'eco-friendly vendors' & the Audubon Greenwich Nature Store!

~ Visit exhibits and talk with conservation organizations from the region!

~ Join the 'Honey Harvest' and help spin honey from the combs in the Red Barn!

~ Hike to Indian Spring Pond to learn about frogs and the tiny creatures that call it home! 

~ Witness migrating hawks from lawn, the home of the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch site!

~ Or stroll through Audubon's meadows, ancient apple orchard, and enjoy the solitude of a hike to Mead Lake!

~ Great food & refreshment, too!

Greenwich - 2010 hawk festival with LugerBalan and hawk

Hawk Festival Admission:

  • Audubon Members:  $7 per person*
  • Non-Members: $10 per person*

*Children 4 years old & under: FREE

All proceeds supports the Audubon Center in Greenwich and the National Audubon Society mission to protect birds and their habitats.

*** DIRECTIONS & FESTIVAL PARKING ***

The festival is held on the grounds of Audubon Greenwich (613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831). Audubon Greenwich is easy to reach from the Merritt & Hutchinson Parkways, I-684, and Route 22 in NY. Please refer to the Directions PDF linked at the bottom of this page.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Al Erickson
Red-shouldered Hawk
IMPORTANT - PARKING INFO: Parking is free and the field is the best place to park.

  • This field is just North of the intersection of Riversville Road & John Street - follow the signs and to FIELD PARKING. 
  • On Saturday and after 11:30 am on Sunday, there is additional parking is at the Church accross from the main gate. PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY IN LOT CHURCH & THE INTERSECTION
  • Handicap Parking is inside the main Audubon gate ~ Permits Required and this is reserved for those who truely need it. 
  • All roadside parking is very limited and is 'at your own risk'. 

ABOUT ROADSIDE PARKING: There are limited spots on Riversville Road and parking is prohibited on John Street completely. If you do park on the roadside, please make room for other cars and be sure all tires are off of the 'white line' on the roadside or you risk being towed by the Greenwich Police Department. ALSO - WATCH OUT FOR POISON IVY!!

 

On big days in September, when winds are from the northwest, the birders come from far and near to spot groups of passing birds of prey. Stop by and check out the spectacle. To volunteer as a hawk counter, call Audubon Greenwich at 203-869-5272 x353 or email: greenwichcenter@audubon.org

BE A 2015 FESTIVAL SPONSOR OR VENDOR

 ~ ~ 2014 Hawk Festival Exhibitors Included ~ ~

THANK YOU & WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE FESTIVAL!

Questions? Contact the Center Director:

Michelle Frankel | 203-930-1350 | mfrankel@audubon.org

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